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Get Help with Final Papers During Writing Blitz, Dec. 5

Writing papers got you down? Not sure how or where to start your research? Join us for a “Writing Blitz” in 209 Hodges Library on Study Day, December 5. Work surrounded by others with the same goal in mind: finish those papers!

Librarians and Writing Center staff will be on hand from 5 p.m. to midnight, but students are welcome to camp out all night. Workstations are reserved for your use, and there will be coffee, tea, lemonade, and healthy snacks to get you through the night. The first 50 participants will receive a free goodie bag.

First Generation College Students among Faculty and Staff at UT Libraries

First-Gen Stories from the Libraries

This November 8, UT holds a First-Generation College Student Celebration to acknowledge first-generation students, faculty, and staff on campus. We at the UT Libraries wish to add our congratulations to first-gen college students for facing challenges to meet the goal of graduation.

Among the UT Libraries’ faculty and staff are a number of first-generation college students. Here’s what a few of them had to say about their experiences.

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GIS Day (Geographic Info. Systems), 11/14

Join us for a geography focused day of GIS (Geographic Information Systems), lidar, drones, augmented reality, and virtual reality. There will be hands-on attractions such as the sand box where you can make your own mountains and streams. Another attraction will be the sim table that can be used to virtually practice disaster relief. The event will consist of demonstrations, poster/map gallery, lightning talks, and on-campus mapping activities.

Wednesday, Nov. 14
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hodges Library, 1st floor

Sponsored by the Geography Department and the UT Libraries

David Atkins to become Dean of Libraries at ETSU

I am pleased to announce that David Atkins, currently Head of Branch Libraries and Collection Logistics at the UT Libraries, has been appointed as the next Dean of Libraries at East Tennessee State University. He will assume this role in January.

David has been a UT library faculty member for over 20 years. He formerly headed the UT Libraries’ unit for Resource Sharing and Document Delivery, as well as Access and Delivery Services. He recently led the project to renovate the public and staff areas in the Pendergrass Library, the first ever substantial renovation of that space. He has served on the UT Faculty Senate and done yeoman’s service on many library advisory groups.

David has led the way in storage and stacks management, including taking the lead on cooperative collection management initiatives such as UT’s participation in HathiTrust’s Shared Print Program. More recently, he has headed the project to describe, design, and help justify the need for an off-campus storage facility, which is now in the early stages of design at the campus level. David has been a leader on resource-sharing issues at the state and national levels as well. In 2012, Tenn-Share presented him with the Tennessee Resource Sharing Award for his leadership in establishing the library courier system that connects public and academic libraries across the state. For several years, he chaired an American Library Association resource-sharing section. He is an accomplished scholar, with a rich research record in qualitative methodologies as applied to libraries as well as more generally.

David has also represented UT internationally. He participated in library exchange programs with Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and Southeast University in Nanjing, China, and served as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Tasmania in Australia.

Open Access Week Is Over. Now What?

During Open Access Week, October 22-28, liaison librarians shared messages with their departments on topics including how to avoid predatory publishers, recognizing the profit margins of the five major scholarly journal publishers, and the development of open access monographs and book subvention funds.

So, what is there to do now? Here are a few things to consider if public, open access to research is important to you:

  1. Did you know that the faculty of the University Libraries passed an open access policy? Faculty in the Libraries decided that open access should be an expectation for the publications we produce. Any department on campus can pass such a policy. For more information, see the University Libraries’ Open Access Policy.

  2. If you work with graduate students, let them know about the topics we covered last week. Deceptive publishers vs. publishers that follow industry-standards are not topics in most graduate courses, so sharing this information helps future scholars succeed.

  3. Apply for the Open Publishing Support Fund. If you publish in a fully open access journal, you may be eligible for funding of up to $2,500 per article. Note that if you are applying for a grant, most funders want you to add open access publishing charges to the grant budget, so you won’t need to apply for UT’s OPSF.

  4. 4. Regardless of where you publish, remember that nearly every publisher gives you the right (or allowed you to retain the right) to make a version of your article open access through UT’s institutional open archive, TRACE. There are a few steps to archiving your work in TRACE, and you can always email for assistance.

  5. Schedule a workshop or presentation about open access, avoiding predatory publishers, or other scholarly publishing topics for a group of which you are a part. Presentations to departments, courses, labs, and other groups are available from the Scholars’ Collaborative in the UT Libraries.

Finally, please keep in mind that open access to research has many benefits, not the least of which is that the public can learn more about what researchers at UT do. One organization told us, “There’s an opportunity here with public access to make people more aware of the great research that’s being done [at UT].” And another talked about how important open access to research is to their work: “[It means] the ability to implement evidence-based programs. . . to provide programs that work for our clients.”

Whether you publish openly or archive openly, the Libraries’ resources and open access expertise can help increase the scholarly and community impacts of your research. Please contact Rachel Caldwell (, 865-974-6107) in the Scholars’ Collaborative to set up a consultation about open access.

From the Crypt: Rare Editions of Frankenstein

1831 edition of Frankenstein

This 1831 edition of Frankenstein includes the first printed image of the Creature.

Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus was published in 1818. As part of the international celebration of the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, the UT Libraries has assembled an exhibition of rare editions of the novel and other ghoulish materials from our Special Collections. Items From the Crypt will be on display in the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, 121 Hodges Library, throughout the fall semester.

Among the rare books on display are the first American edition of Frankenstein (1833) and the third, revised British edition (1831) notable for the first printed image of the Creature created by Frankenstein and Mary Shelley’s introduction recounting the composition of the novel.

Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (1797-1851), later Mary Shelley, conceived of her classic Gothic novel in 1816 while visiting Lake Geneva with Lord Byron, John William Polidori, her stepsister, Claire Clairmont, and Mary’s future husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Lord Byron proposed that the group compose ghost stories for fireside amusement. Over time, Mary’s tale evolved into the tragic story of a young scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who reanimates a corpse. The library’s exhibit includes books written by several of Mary’s fellow travelers, including John Polidori’s seminal work The Vampyre: A Tale.

The early 19th century was a time of dynamic shifts in medical science — developments that no doubt informed the Gothic horror novel. The exhibit includes contemporaneous medical works from the late 18th and early 19th century, such as engravings by two famous anatomists, the brothers John Bell and Sir Charles Bell.

Frankenstein salt and pepper shakers

A pop-culture reference to Frankenstein: salt and pepper shakers

Mary Shelley was born to dynamic and iconoclastic parents. Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, is still regarded as an extremely significant early feminist, and her father William Godwin was an important social philosopher and early proponent of anarchism. The library exhibit includes copies of Mary Wollstonecraft’s landmark Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) and William Godwin’s novel Caleb Williams (1795), a radical political critique.

The UT Libraries created this exhibition to help the UT Humanities Center celebrate Frankenreads, a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded initiative honoring the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein.

UT Librarians Work with HathiTrust Digital Library

Several University of Tennessee Libraries faculty members are lending their skills to the success of the cooperative digital library HathiTrust.

HathiTrust is a shared digital repository for content contributed by major academic and research libraries. The shared repository assures long-term preservation of the partner libraries’ digital content as well as persistent access to the digital collections. UT Knoxville joined HathiTrust in 2014.

HathiTrust is funded by the partner libraries and governed by members of the libraries through its Board of Governors. In October, Holly Mercer, senior associate dean at the UT Libraries, was elected to the HathiTrust Board of Governors for 2019. Mercer currently serves on HathiTrust’s Program Steering Committee.

Also this month, Kris Bronstad, UT’s modern political archivist, was appointed to the HathiTrust Copyright Review Program for 2019. The program investigates the copyright status of works in the HathiTrust collection. Since the launch of HathiTrust in 2008, reviewers have determined that more than 320,000 items in the digital collection are no longer protected by copyright. Because those items have entered the public domain, they are now fully accessible to anyone who visits the HathiTrust website. Another library faculty member, Rachel Caldwell, has served as a copyright reviewer since 2017. Caldwell is UT’s scholarly communication and publishing librarian.
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